Coton, Hollinwood

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Roadside pond in Coton

Coton is a hamlet in Shropshire. It is found near the road from Whitchurch to Wem about one mile southeast of Hollinwood.

Coton Hall here was the home of Viscount Hill, and is an important English Heritage site. In the early nineteenth century the Hall belonged to Admiral George Bowen. It eventually passed to the Honyman family; Admiral Bowen's youngest daughter, Elizabeth Essex Bowen, married Sir Ord John Honyman, Bt. Their sons, Sir George Essex Bowen (d. 1875) and Rev Sir William Macdonald Honyman (d. 1911) lived there in succession but they both died without issue and from Rev Sir William it passed to his niece, Elizabeth Hester Georgina Marie Ord Bearcroft, daughter of the Rev Thomas Bearcroft (born Thomas Longcroft) of Fitz, Salop and his wife Mary Hester Lilly Rosalie Honyman, sister of Sir George and Rev. Sir William. Elizabeth married Captain Robert Charles Dighton Wilson in 1891 and they adopted the additional surname of MacQueen in 1912 when Elizabeth inherited entailed estates of the MacQueens.

The Wilson-MacQueens sold Coton Hall to Sir Alexander Maguire, the match manufacturer, who was living there by 1920. He then sold it to Viscount Hill in 1924.[1]


  1. The Longcrofts: 500 Years of a British Family by James Phillips-Evans (Amazon, 2012)